Hunter Input on Hunting Regulations Sought

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The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is asking hunters for their ideas and opinions on proposals being considered for next year's bird and mammal hunting regulations. Public meetings have been scheduled at locations around the state to present ideas for regulation changes and to gather ideas and comments from hunters. Regulatory changes being considered by the DFG include:

  • additional either-sex junior hunts in many deer zones statewide;
  • additional archery elk and buck deer hunts; - a new preference drawing system for big game drawing applicants;
  • an increase in the in-season closure quota for bear hunting;
  • a longer season for some goose hunting zones;
  • a longer pheasant hunting season;
  • expansion of the fall turkey hunting area to include San Diego County;
  • an increase in the season and/or bag limit for turkeys in Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties.

Public meeting dates and locations are as follows:

  • Fresno: Nov. 7, 7 p.m., Fresno Ramada Inn
  • San Diego: Nov. 13, 7 p.m., Mission Valley Hilton Hotel
  • Monterey: Nov. 29, 7 p.m., DFG Marine Region office, 20 Lower Ragsdale, Dr.,
  • Bishop: Nov. 29 7 p.m., City Council Chambers, 377 W. Line S.
  • Sacramento: Dec. 13 at 1:30 p.m., Resources Building, 1416 Ninth Street, Room 1270

Changing hunting regulations is a multi-step process that begins with public input on informal proposals being considered by the DFG. Public comments are used to help shape and finalize formal proposals which are then presented to the Fish and Game Commission for consideration. The Commission, an independent body of members appointed by the governor, ultimately decides whether to adopt the proposed changes after considering public comments at a series of public meetings.

Major changes to California's hunting regulations are only considered bi-annually (except for emergency purposals). The regulations adopted for the 2002/2003 hunting seasons will remain in effect for the 2003/2004 seasons before major changes will again be considered.